Glenn: Do electronics rule our life?

On today's radio show, Glenn told the audience that he has asked his family to take some pretty drastic measures: put away the cell phones, iPads, and video games at home! Five years ago this would have been a simple request, but today technology has become such an integral part of our lives that his family absolutely hates the idea. Why would they leave their phones at the door? How will people get in touch if there is an emergency? These are the concerns that have come up in a society where everyone is connected 24/7 - and Glenn thinks it's time to make some changes.

" We have hit or we are so near the point of singularity that life is going to change as we know it at an increasingly rapid speed. This is not a Glenn Beck prediction. This is Ray Kurzweil. This is science. This is the point of singularity," Glenn explained.

"IBM came out over the holiday and said that they are five years away from computers using ‑ try this on for size ‑ all five senses. How does a computer taste? How does a computer smell?" Glenn asked.

While the rapid advancement of technology is a huge concern, Glenn is much more interested in how technology has profoundly changed the way families interact and children behave.

"How many of our children can put the phone down? How many of our children have we watched sitting next to somebody texting? Them? Not even talking to them like a real person? Look at the person, they're sitting next to you. They're texting."

"How many, how many people, me included, are so addicted, I don't ‑‑ I don't have my iPad probably more than 10 feet away from me at any time. I always have it with me. I carry it around in the house."

"Do you walk around your house now with your iPad? Yes. You have connected. You have begun the process of merging with machines. It's not a physical merge yet, but Ray Kurzweil says that's ten years on the horizon. It's not a physical merge yet."

Glenn compared the addiction that people have to technology to alcohol or drugs and alcohol addictions. He said that if you ask them to stay off their smart phones or tablets, the excuses you hear would be: "I don't have a problem." "It's you that has a problem with this." "I don't need to get rid of this." "I can't function without this."

"You will absolutely get the reaction of an alcoholic. Trust me, I know because I'm an alcoholic. So I know the signs and I also suggest it to my family: No electronics in the house. And that did not go over well."

So what is Glenn's solution? He suggested putting a box by the front door where everyone would put their devices when they came into the house. "You come in with your device, you put it in the box. You put it right there by the front door."

While Stu didn't totally agree with Glenn on the issue, he did understand a lot of his points.

"I can't live without text messaging. And it's not because I don't ‑‑ like I'm addicted to it. I just, it shortens my interaction with people," Stu explained. "I cannot deal with someone sitting there texting. I mean, it happens all the time with friends of mine. They are sitting there texting, reading e‑mails while I'm in the middle of a sentence. And I know I'm boring."

Thankfully for Glenn's employees, he said today on radio that people don't need to respond e-mails or phone calls that come in at eleven o'clock at night or even three in the morning.

"Whenever I have a thought, I e‑mail or I text. Boom. So it's instant and never ending. Instead of writing it down and then talking at an appropriate time or whatever. And we think that we have to respond to that immediately. 'Oh, they text messaged me. I've got to get...' no, you don't. No, you don't. Because, A, we're just doing it while we think about it. We have it on our mind, so we do it. And we think we have to respond to it right away, which we don't. And it's most likely not even that important because I guarantee you, shut down your text messaging and your e‑mail. Just do it for a couple of weeks and say, you've got to call me. If you have a problem with the e‑mails and the texts coming from your business all the time, you tell people to call you at home, I guarantee you half of them won't. I guarantee you they will figure it out on their own because anybody who's calling my house, I get text messages and e‑mails and I'm fine with it. I get them all the time from everybody in the company. Ask you a question, I just, 'How about this, how about this,' blah, blah‑blah. Not a problem. But if I said to them, 'By the way, you have to call me. I don't have text,' no one will," he said.

"It's intruding on our time that is the most important time with our family. We're at home."

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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